February 17, 2018

Lawrenceburg's Parris, Brownsburg's Lee celebrate Third Consecutive Undefeated State Titles
Brayton Lee of Brownsburg and Lawrenceburg’s Mason Parris joined the three-time winners club and Indianapolis Cathedral secured its second state championship during the annual festivities at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiananpolis.

Lee earned his third by defeating Elliot Rodgers of Indianapolis Cathedral via a 24-9 technical fall, his fourth of the weekend. Lee finished his career with titles at 138, 145 and 152, and only one loss during his career. Parris pinned his way to the finals, and then earned his title via fall over Brandon Streck of Merrillville at 3:08 in the 220 pound bracket. He became just the sixth individual in state finals history to pin every opponent during the weekend and also the sixth person to win three titles in the same weight class.

Indianapolis Cathedral, with four wrestlers in the championship round, scored 108 points in the meet. It was the school's second wrestling title under coach Sean McGinley to go along with their 2014 trophy. Last year's state champion, Brownsburg, settled for the runner-up finish with 100.5 points with Columbus East third with 98.5 points.

Yorktown’s Brayden Curtis claimed his second straight championship and Avon's Asa Garcia won his second in three years.

Curtis defeated New Castle's Andrew Black 6-0 at 113 pounds, a rematch of last year's 106 pound final. Garcia defeated Cayden Rooks of Columbus East 3-2 at 126 pounds in a bracket that featured three former state champions. Rooks was the defending state champion in the weight class and had beaten Roncalli's Alec Viduya, the 2017 winner at 113, in the semifinals.

Chesterton, Columbus East and Portage each tallied two individual champions.

Lucas Davison won the 195 title and Eli Pokorney the 285 crown for Chesterton. Davison joined older brother Andrew who won 195 last year and father Keith who won the 171 class for Chesterton in 1988 and 1989. For Columbus North, Graham Rooks, Cayden's older brother, took 132 pounds and Nicholas South the 160 title. Rooks' And Portage was led by Jacob Moran at 106 and Kris Rumph at 138.

The 182 pound championship went to Northridge senior Conner Graber who outlasted Brownsburg's Nathan Walton 9-8. Graber became his school's first wrestling state champion with the victory.

The 80th Annual IHSAA Individual Wrestling State Finals
Feb. 16-17, 2018
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Top 10 Teams  
1. Indianapolis Cathedral 108.0
2. Brownsburg 100.5
3. Columbus East 98.5
4. Portage 67.5
5. Perry Meridian 64.0
6. Chesterton 57.0
7. Yorktown 50.0
8. Roncalli 49.0
9. Avon 40.0
10. Jimtown 35.0

State Championship Match Results
106: Jacob Moran (11) Portage (34-2) def. Alexzander Cottey (9) Perry Meridian (45-4) Major Dec, 9-1.
113: Brayden Curtis (11) Yorktown (40-0) def. Andrew Black (11) New Castle (55-4) Dec. 6-0.
120: Hunter Watts (11) Jimtown (44-1) def. Samuel Fair (11) Perry Meridian (46-2) Dec. 2-1.
126: Asa Garcia (11) Avon (39-4) def. Cayden Rooks (11) Columbus East (45-2) Dec. 3-2.
132: Graham Rooks (12) Columbus East (48-0) def. Alex Mosconi (11) Indianapolis Cathedral (34-3) Dec. 4-1.
138: Kristian Rumph (12) Portage (32-4) def. Zach Melloh (12) Indianapolis Cathedral (42-3) Dec. 9-6.
145: Jordan Slivka (11) Indianapolis Cathedral (43-3) def. Christian Hunt (12) Yorktown (48-1) Dec. 1-0.
152: Brayton Lee (12) Brownsburg (34-0) def. Elliot Rodgers (10) Indianapolis Cathedral (38-6) (Tech. Fall-1.5 3:36 (24-9).
160: Nicholas South (11) Columbus East (48-1) def. Gleason Mappes (12) Center Grove (45-2) Dec. 9-6.
170: Noah Warren (12) Perry Meridian (46-1) def. Jordan Rader (12) Peru (45-2) Dec. 7-5.
182: Conner Graber (12) Northridge (48-1) def. Nathan Walton (12) Brownsburg (41-1) Dec. 9-8.
195: Lucas Davison (12) Chesterton (52-0) def. Sam Hansen (12) Roncalli (41-3) Major Dec. 19-7.
220: Mason Parris (12) Lawrenceburg (47-0) def. Brandon Streck (12) Merrillville (33-2) Fall 3:08.
285: Eli Pokorney (11) Chesterton (42-0) def. Isaiah McWilliams (12) South Bend Washington (47-2) Sudden Victory-1 (3-1).

Senior Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg wins Mental Attitude Award
Senior Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg High School was recognized following the state championship meet by the IHSAA Executive Committee as this year’s winner of the Mental Attitude Award, named in honor of Ward E. Brown. 

Parris, who is a four-time conference, sectional, regional and semi-state champion, also claimed his third undefeated state championship at 220 lbs tonight. In 2015, he claimed 3rd place at the state championship in the 182-lb. bracket. Parris was the 2017 FloNationals Champion, and is ranked No. 1 in the county on both FloWrestling and Intermat. 

Outside of wrestling, he is a four-time letter winner in football and a three-time letter winner in track and field. Parris made first team All-State for football, and was named team MVP, team captain and conference MVP three times. As for track and field, he qualified for state in shot put in 2017. Parris was named to the academic all-state team for both football and wrestling. 

In the realm of academics, Parris ranks fifth in his senior class with a 4.28 GPA. He offers much of his time to volunteer work, and has done 80+ hours of community service, taken part in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, peer tutored in a kindergarten class for the last three years, along with coaching and mentoring youth wrestlers. 

Parris is the son of Shay and Mark Parris of Lawrenceburg. After graduating from Lawrenceburg High School, he will attend the University of Michigan and pursue an engineering degree, while also wrestling for the Wolverines.

Each year the IHSAA Executive Committee selects a senior who was nominated by his principal and coach and was determined to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the proud corporate partner of the IHSAA, presented $1,000 to Lawrenceburg High School's general scholarship fund in the name of Mason Parris. The award is named in honor of the IHSAA's fourth commissioner who served from 1969-76.